I am starting to notice that the “pub culture” is expanding outside metro Vancouver, primarily by these guys and a few other brewers, beyond just the normal crappy pubs that have been here for years.
Needless to say, I actually like this transformation as these places are moving away from the cheap drunkard places and more into pub-restaurants where one can go for lunch, enjoy a beer and some pub food and do it in an establishment that isn’t dirty, doesn’t rely on drunk locals to keep them in business or is in bad need of a renovation. In fact, this place tries hard to attract the local lunch crowd so the other day I decided to try it out and quite frankly I was pretty impressed. This placed taps are still focused primarily on commercial beers, however they have a very good selection of bottled beer to choose from including many local 22 oz bottled beers at a reasonable price (not overly marked up) and a fun menu with things like Guinness Chocolate Pudding, stuffed burgers and Bacon, Sausage Mac & Cheese. I will go back here for sure!
We ordered some food that was tasty – I got sliders that were served like this:
And of course a beer – Parallel 49 Seed Spitter
Rating: 6/10, first watermelon beer I have had that actually works and is drinkable, they captured the freshness of watermelon nicely